The Muslim woman who was denied access to the Valdosta Municipal Courtroom for wearing a traditional Islamic headscarf won’t comment on the city’s official response because she hasn’t reviewed it yet.

Aniisa Karim, 20, is aware, however, of some of the sentiments directed at her since the June 26 incident drew publicity.

Some have urged Karim to “go home” if she doesn’t approve of how the United States runs its judicial system.

Karim, an African-American, was born and raised in Baltimore. The United States has always been her home. “I was born here, my parents were born here, my grandparents were born here …”

The lifelong Muslim moved to Valdosta in August and has been working as a disc jockey for a local hip-hop radio station.

The day of her court hearing to contest a speeding ticket, Karim said a security officer told her that she would not be permitted to enter the courtroom with her scarf on even after she explained to the security officer that her religion doesn’t permit the scarf’s removal in public. Karim said she offered to walk through the metal detectors and allow security officers to scan the scarf with handheld metal detectors. . .

Then, acting on the advice of a friend, she contacted the Council of American-Islamic Relations, a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR issued a statement, followed days later by the Anti-Defamation League’s Atlanta office.


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